World Cup 2014
Tuesday, June 25, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran Preview
In the last round of the Group F, the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina will play for the honor on its first appearance in the world championships. They have only sport motive, not the competitive, while the team of Iran has to win three points, so they must risk from the first minute, although this team is strictly defensive.
The team of Bosnia and Herzegovina has failed to qualify for the knockout stage on its first appearance at the World Cup, although they have the quality for more than the group stage of the competition. The defeat against Argentina has not been a surprise, but this one against Nigeria has been undeserved, although Bosnia and Herzegovina played weaker than in the first round against Argentina. Referee’s error by canceling a goal scored by Edin Dzeko has impacted directly on the final result, so players and supporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina have reason to regret. However, the last game is in front of them, and this is a new opportunity to mark the first participation at the world championship with at least one win or winning at least one point. That is why coach Susic will probably start off with two strikers in the starting line-up.
Probable line-up of Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-4-2): Begovic – Mujdza, Sunjic, Spahic, Kolasinac – Besic, Medunjanin, Pjanic, Misimovic – Dzeko, Ibisevic
Iran is probably the most defensive team at the World Cup. Nobody likes watching such games, but it gives results, so that they even have a chance to qualify for the knockout stage, where they will not be Italy, Spain and England. System of competition allows that a team which has not scored a single goal in two rounds may be in the last 16 of the tournament, thanks to a solid defense. It is nothing strange that they have not received a single goal because their lineu-up has modern formation on the pitch, but there are virtually no differences between their defensive line and midfield. Therefore it will be interesting to see how this team will score a goal, because it is the only way to achieve a place in the next round.
Probable line-up of Iran (4-2-3-1): A. Haghighi – Montazeri, Sadeghi, Hosseini, Pooladi – Nekounam, Teymourian – Dejagah, Shojaei, Hajsafi – Ghoochannejhad
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran Match Prediction
Motive is always primary factor in the sport, which is why I believe that Iran has a real chance to achieve victory against objectively better team. Iran DNB.